HIGH POINT, N.C., May 17, 2013 – High Point University recently became the first academic chapter of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS). The society is the entertainment industry’s premier information and networking forum, and is comprised of West Coast executives from the broadcast and cable networks, stations, studios, talent and management companies, advertisers, media companies and much more.
“HPU’s Media Fellows will be working with the HRTS in July giving them unprecedented access to how the business works,” says Charisse McGhee-Lazarou, assistant professor and head of Media Fellows in the school of communication. “It also gives all of our students amazing access to the thoughts and strategies of the CEO’s and Presidents of major studios, networks, producers and cable networks.”
The School of Communication is working on a mentorship program between HPU students and Hollywood professionals. HPU and the HRTS are also collaborating on developing a certification program in “The Anatomy of The Industry” to help equip students and industry newcomers with a functional understanding of how the entertainment industry works.
“Thousands of communication students graduate from colleges all over the country, and the vast majority, have no clue how ‘the biz’ actually works,” says McGhee-Lazarou. “There’s no clear path to becoming an executive, and there are less than 100 of them. This membership will give HPU students an insight that dispels the shadows. Our graduates will know who the key players are, what the jobs are and what’s on the bleeding edge.”
HRTS is dedicated to providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information with the intention of promoting higher standards and professionalism within the television industry and related endeavors. Membership in HRTS supports the society’s ongoing efforts to provide opportunities for dialogue, networking and information exchange within the industry.